NICE-Systems Ltd. (NICE): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

NICE-Systems ( NICE) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, NICE-Systems rose 22 cents (0.6%) to $36.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 171,865 shares of NICE-Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 244,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.67-$37.27 after having opened the day at $36.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.51. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), up 8.6%, Lantronix ( LTRX), up 6.6%, Logitech International S.A ( LOGI), up 6.4%, and Network Equipment Technologies ( NWK), up 4.1%.

NICE-Systems Ltd. provides intent-based solutions that capture and analyze interactions and transactions, realize intent, and extract and leverage insights to deliver impact in real time. NICE-Systems has a market cap of $2.27 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.2, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 41.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate NICE-Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NICE-Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Mitek Systems ( MITK), down 9.2%, Identive Group ( INVE), down 8.4%, Key Tronic Corporation ( KTCC), down 8.3%, and OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), down 7.5%, were all losers within the computer hardware industry with Dell ( DELL) being today's computer hardware industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).
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